Civil rights sites in Anniston, Birmingham and Montgomery are slated to receive over $3.1 million from the National Park Service’s (NPS) African American Civil Rights grant program.
“As the Representative of Alabama’s Civil Rights district, I take seriously my responsibility to ensure that we preserve the living legacy of the Civil Rights Movement,” said Rep. Sewell in a news release.
Below is the list of this year’s grantees from Alabama:
- City of Anniston for Story Mapping and Formalization of Operations and Maintenance for the Anniston Civil Rights Trail – $74,800
- Historic Bethel Baptist Church Community Restoration Fund in Birmingham for historic preservation – $750,000
- St. Paul United Methodist Church in Birmingham for preservation and restoration – $750,000
- Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery for repair and rehabilitation – $750,000
- Alabama Historical Commission in Montgomery for the Freedom Rides Museum Vintage Greyhound Bus Virtual Reality Experience – $75,000
- Alabama Historical Commission in Montgomery for rehabilitation of the second floor of the Moore Building – $750,000
The African American Civil Rights Grant Program helps document, interpret, and preserve sites and stories related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens. The grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and administered by the NPS. Grants fund a broad range of planning, development, and research projects for historic sites including: survey, inventory, documentation, interpretation, education, architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and “bricks and mortar” repair.
Big Win for Alabama
“Each year, I’m proud to lead the effort in Congress to increase funding for the National Park Service’s African American Civil Rights Grant Program to ensure that America’s civil rights history lives on,” Rep. Sewell added. “This $3.1 million is a big win for the State of Alabama and will help ensure that faces and places of the Movement are never forgotten!”
In 2022, the National Park Service’s African American Civil Rights Grant Program appropriated $3.6 million to 11 Alabama civil rights sites.